PED 950 Research in Pediatrics, 4 credits

The objectives of the course are to give fourth-year students an opportunity to participate in an ongoing research program or perhaps initiate a research project of their own to be completed during the academic year.

Students' research experiences will vary according to the faculty mentor chosen. A spectrum of experiences ranging from laboratory-bench research to patient-centered prospective or retrospective studies are offered.

During the elective, students should acquire knowledge about the planning of a research project, the acquisition of data, the analysis of the data, the preparation of the findings for publication, and the appreciation of ethical issues in biomedical research. Because of the short time allotment, it is essential that students meet with faculty mentors to organize this rotation in advance.

Prior to registering for a research elective, students will need to meet with Dr. Milling regarding project and work with the department to find a faculty mentor. Students should discuss project ideas with their mentor and provide a short description of the research they would like to conduct during the elective. Students will then take this description to the department chair and/or course director for approval. After obtaining approval, students will complete a drop/add form, working with the appropriate department/course coordinators and send the completed form to the registrar in order to register for the research elective.

Prerequisites: MS4

Modules: A-K

Number of students: 4

Course Director: Contact Mark Hicar, MD, PhD, for available projects.

Course Coordinator: Sue Quirk